Stephany Backstrom

Stephany Backstrom

Owner/Director

Stephany is the owner and director at A Little Journey Montessori School. Stephany is a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher and has nearly a decade of experience working with children in a Montessori setting. She also has a Bachelor's degree from Montana State University and is pursuing her master's in Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Stephany always knew she wanted to work with young children, but finding your passion doesn't always come easy. It was with Stephany's enthusiasm for teaching young children that inspired her to open A Little Journey Montessori School. It is her commitment to help families that need excellence in education, quality childcare and a place for working families to bring their children that they feel comfortable with. She created a space for children 6 years old and younger in order to assist families with more than one child and allow them the convenience of having their children together in one space.

Nido/Pre-Primary/Primary

Miss Nadria

Miss Nadria

Hi! My name is Nadria, and I am currently studying Business Management and Finance at MSU. I spend my time in all of the different classrooms as I love the variety of ages among the children. My favorite thing about working with the kids is how they all differ in personalities and I love watching them all grow in their own ways. Outside of work and school I love being outside or doing crafts such as quilting and crocheting.

Primary Teachers

Miss Emily

Miss Emily

Hello, my name is Emily! I am currently attending MSU for my elementary education degree. I teach in the primary classroom, and I am excited to see the children learn and grow! I love skiing, hiking and anything to do outside. I recently got engaged and me and my fiancé have two dogs that we love spending our free time with. I have really enjoyed working at LJMS where the children inspire me each day.

Miss Hope

Miss Hope

Hey y'all, my name is Hope and I teach in the primary classroom. I recently moved to Montana from Georgia. I went to Georgia college and state university where I received my B.S. in Public Health. I moved to Montana this past summer (2021) to work on a ranch as a wrangler and fell in love with Montana. When I am not teaching the kiddos, I am out riding horses, fly fishing, or hiking with my dog. My favorite part about working with children is experiencing their unbridled joy and watching them grow!

Pre-Primary Teachers

Miss Lexi

Miss Lexi

Hello! My name is Lexi and I graduated from MSU in 2020 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and P-3 services. I am a co-lead teacher in the pre-primary classroom, and the toddlers hold a special place in my heart! It has been so rewarding watching the kids learn and develop each day. Outside of work I enjoy reading, golfing, and hiking. I am also currently planning my wedding which is happening in 2023.

Miss Jacey

Miss Jacey

Hello! My name is Jacey, and I just graduated from MSU with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. I am a co-lead teacher in the pre-primary classroom, but I like spending time with all age groups! It has been so fun seeing the kids grow and having the opportunity to be a part of that growth. Outside of work and school, you will find me at the dog park with my two pups.

Miss Natalie

Miss Natalie

Hi! My name is Natalie, and I am majoring in communicative sciences and disorders with a minor in psychology. I primarily teach in the pre-primary classroom with the youngest of our pre-primary friends. I love to watch them learn and explore. Outside of school and work, I like to read, play the guitar, and be outdoors.

Miss Fiona

Miss Fiona

Hello! My name is Fiona, I graduated from Colorado College in 2020 with a major in anthropology with a focus in cultural and linguistic studies. I primarily teach in the pre-primary classroom and enjoy spending my time with the toddlers. My favorite part about working with children is the energy, creativity, and fun they bring to any environment and how rewarding the work feels. Outside of work I enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and swimming.

Nido Teachers

Miss Greer

Miss Greer

Hey! My name is Greer and I am currently attending Montana State University pursuing an elementary education degree. I primarily teach in the Nido room and love watching the children grow into their personalities. Outside of school and work I enjoy baking, hiking, and traveling. When I was younger, I attended a Montessori school, and it is because of those teachers that I want to be a teacher myself!

Miss Makayla

Miss Makayla

Hello, my name is Makayla and I primarily teach in the Nido room. I love seeing the children grow into their independences and develop their personalities. Outside of work, I love to paint, snowboard, kayak, and anything else to keep me busy! I love animals as well and have a hermit crab, hamster, and a breaded dragon.

Assistant Teachers

Miss Kalli

Miss Kalli

Hello! My name is Kalli and I am currently a Senior at Manhattan High School and will be attending the University of Montana in the fall of 2022 for Nursing. I am an Assistant Teacher that floats between all ages groups and helps out where I am needed each day, but I am primary in the infant and pre-primary groups. I like working with young children because they are too cute not to love! Outside of work and school I enjoy going on road trips and watching MSU basketball games.

Miss Jaden

Miss Jaden

Hey there! My name is Jaden and I am currently a Senior at Manhattan High School. I am planning to attend the University of Montana in the fall of 2022 to study pre-medicine. I am an assistant teacher that works with all age groups but I am mainly with the pre-primary and nido areas. I enjoy watching the children as they grow into their personalities and themselves in general. Outside of school and work I enjoy painting/drawing, spending time with family and friends, and watching Friends with my mom.